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Mark-Anthony Turnage (b.1960)

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Turnage: On All Fours

Turnage: On All Fours


Turnage:

On All Fours

Martin Robertson (saxophone) and Christopher van Kampen (cello)

Oliver Knussen

Lament for a Hanging Man

Fiona Kimm (mezzo-soprano)

Sarabande

Martin Robertson (soprano sax) and Ian Brown (piano)


All four pieces are extremely well played, with Martin Robertson's plangent, micro-tone inflected saxophone audibly at the centre of the sound-world of each, and the recorded sound is vivid. - Gramophone 1995

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Black Castles

Black Castles

British Music for Brass


Bourgeois, D:

William and Mary Op. 106

Butterworth, A:

Triton Suite, Op. 46

Elgar:

Severn Suite, Op. 87

Pickard:

Black Castles (2002)

Tavener:

Trisagion

Turnage:

Set To (1992/93)


brass partout, Hermann Bäumer

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Britannia

Britannia


Birtwistle:

Movement for String Quartet

Britten:

Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 65

Knussen:

Prayer Bell Sketch

Turnage:

Slide stride

Watkins, H:

Two Chorales

Woolrich:

A Farewell


Ulrike Nahmmacher (violin), Martin Roth (violin), Werner Dickel (viola), Susanne Müller-Hornbach (cello), Gerald Hacke (clarinet), Florence Millet (piano)

The Cragg Foundation’s first CD presents a programme of 20th and 21st century British composers. The line-up ranges from solo piano, two duets, a trio, a string quartet and a piano quartet by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Turnage is considered to be the most successful of contemporary composers in Britain. His oeuvre combines elaborate stylistic elements from classical and jazz, modern and traditional and his rhythmically intense piano quintet Slide Stride is no exception. In complete contrast Turnage’s mentor Oliver Knussen penned with Prayer Bell Sketch a meditative work in memory of his Japanese friend and composer Toru Takemitsu.

The short Movement for string quartet by Harrison Birtwhistle expresses a complex, uneasy and almost threatening atmosphere. The listener becomes engrossed in the relentless pulse of the music. On the other hand, John Woolrich’s trio A Farewell for clarinet, viola and piano is a peaceful work with a straightforward structure.

38 year-old Huw Watkins is one of the younger British composers and a well-respected pianist. Chamber music plays an important role in his creative work.

It goes without saying that Britain’s most significant and omnipresent 20th century composer Benjamin Britten is also represented here. The famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was the source of inspiration for Britten’s wonderful Sonata in C for cello and piano.

The musicians on this CD are all members of the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra or lecturers at the Wuppertal faculty of the Music Academy of Cologne. The CD was recorded in the Immanuelskirche in Wuppertal by recording engineer Ingo Schmidt-Lucas of Cybele-Records.

“It’s pleasingly novel to find contemporary British music undertaken by German players...A highlight is Birtwistle’s brief Movement for String Quartet (1991): his originality leaps at you in the context.” Sunday Times, 12th March 2017

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Fractured Lines

Fractured Lines


Turnage:

Another Set To, for trombone & orchestra

Christian Lindberg (trombone)

Silent Cities (revised version)

Four-Horned Fandango, for four horns & orchestra

Timothy Brown, Michael Murray, Andrew Antcliff, Christopher Larkin (horns)

Fractured Lines - double percussion concerto

Evelyn Glennie, Peter Erskine (percussion)


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Knight Errant

Knight Errant

Solo Music for Trumpet


Boyle, R:

Ceremony After a Fire Raid

Davies, Peter Maxwell:

Litany for a ruined chapel between sheep and shore

Geddes:

Knight Errant

The Trouble with Tritons

Velvet Rooms

Resident Villain or The Reform of Rank Bajin

Etude d’execution transcendante

Muse Lane

McGuire, E:

Prelude 22 (The big bang)

Sweeney, W:

Paraphrase on “Pro Patria”

Turnage:

An Aria


Mark O’Keeffe (trumpet)

Includes world premiere recordings

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Mark-Anthony Turnage: Orchestral Works Vol. 1

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Orchestral Works Vol. 1

Four première recordings


Turnage:

Scherzoid

Jonathan Nott

Evening Songs

Vladimir Jurowski

When I Woke

Gerald Finley (baritone)

Vladimir Jurowski

Yet Another Set To

Christian Lindberg (trombone)

Marin Alsop


“…Mark-Anthony Turnage… is one of the most distinctive sound worlds in modern music. The four orchestral works on the LPO disc are full of the driven, dancing rhythms, the garishly brilliant or darkly sensuous instrumental colours, the floating, improvisatory melodic lines, the brittle humour and nervous melancholy that instantly shouts (or whispers) 'Turnage'.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2005 ****

“Mark-Anthony Turnage has enjoyed associations with the CBSO, BBC SO and now the London Philharmonic, each resulting in a wealth of new music and, fortunately for us, a CD for home listening. A number of ensembles had a hand in commissioning Scherzoid, the first work on this latest collection, and its particular propulsive character would seem to have been influenced by the involvement of the New York Philharmonic. Though rhythmically complex and changing its mood as rapidly as the title punningly suggests, the music is easy to assimilate.
Its urban bustle and swagger take in minimalist influences alongside the usual Stravinskymeets- Miles Davis mélange. As if to secure transatlantic approval, at one point there's a distinct whiff of On the Waterfront, although, in the event, Lorin Maazel elected not to conduct the first performance. Jonathan Nott does the honours here – and splendidly.
Turnage's subtler, shell-shocked lyricism is more in evidence in the purely orchestral EveningSongs. Originating in lullabies for his sons, Tubin Orchestral 1191 the calm outer panels enclose an interlude with a more troubled, expressionist melodic line, typically Brittenish at the outset. The Dylan Thomas settings, When I Woke, were written for a celebrated singer who did not take them up but it's difficult to feel them in any way problematic in this ardent account. Certainly, the spare accompanying textures create no difficulties for the soloist. Yet Another Set To brings back the more boisterous, head-banging Turnage. All is not plain sailing in that the composer here shows us his Boulez-like propensity to reshape and recycle existing music.
Cheekily, the score incorporates not only 2000's Another Set To – itself a reworking, previously recorded by Christian Lindberg for Chandos – but also a movement derived from Blood on theFloor. It's exhilarating, explosive stuff, even more fun in live performance. Here alone concluding applause is (not inappropriately) retained.
All credit to the LPO for compiling a whole evening of Turnage. You may not always like what he does or how he does it but his instantly recognisable voice is well served by the blunt immediacy of the sound and the obvious flair of the performances.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Hybrid Multi-channel

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LPO Turnage Orchestral Works - LPO0007

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Mark-Anthony Turnage: Orchestral Works Vol. 2

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Orchestral Works Vol. 2


Turnage:

Twice Through the Heart

Premiere recording, Blackheath Concert Halls, 16 Apr 07

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Hidden Love Song

Premiere recording and performance, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 30 Jan 06

Martin Robertson (soprano saxophone)

The Torn Fields

Premiere recording, Watford Town Hall, 11 Feb 07

Gerald Finley (baritone)


This latest release documents premiere recordings of works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer in Residence.

Ten years after its first performance at the Aldeburgh Festival, Marin Alsop conducts a studio performance of Turnage’s remarkable work for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble, Twice Through the Heart. The piece is a collaboration with poet Jackie Kay and explores the real-life story of an abused woman imprisoned for the murder of her husband. The music is lyrical but abrupt, painful but often quiet and reflective; one of the composer’s most finely crafted, intensely moving and technically accomplished works. ‘It’s almost made for Sarah’s [Connolly] voice’, says Turnage, ‘she gets very close to the heart of it’.

The Torn Fields was also recorded in the studio, and is sung by baritone Gerald Finley, for whom Turnage wrote the work in 2000-02. This often nightmarish, vivid glimpse of the destruction of war using poetry from 1914-1918 is another example of the composer’s extraordinary ability to create vocal lines that embody their texts. Turnage has himself commented on the huge challenges he experiences when writing vocal music, but concedes that ‘writing for Gerald Finley makes it easier…he is, in my view, one of the greatest baritones around’.

Sandwiched between these works is a recording made live at the world première of Turnage’s Hidden Love Song in January 2006. The soloist, Martin Robertson, is another close friend and regular collaborator with Turnage, and this performance reveals the sensitive, delicate nature of Turnage’s musical gift to his wife Gabriella Swallow.

“Finley magnificent in the Turnage anti-war settings that crown a fine disc.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2008

“In Hidden Love Song the soprano saxophone's lyricism has that slightly acrid urban feel that typifies so much of Turnage's best work… Full marks to Sarah Conolly and Gerald Finley for the conviction they bring to the two song cycles…” BBC Music Magazine, April 2008 ****

“Played with arching smoothness by Martin Robertson…Ultimately the piece is a love song, and a beautiful one.” The Guardian

“This is the second CD to result from Mark- Anthony Turnage's LPO's residency. The surprise is that two of the three pieces are heard in top-notch studio recordings. Twice Through theHeart is a revival of a dramatic song-cycle-cumscena from as long ago as 1997. The text is drawn from a series of poems originally written for a television film about a woman who stabs her abusive husband. As might be expected it's a pretty bleak affair. Sarah Connolly is a distinguished protagonist, and if listeners feel uncomfortable with the mix of artful delivery and documentary realism, that may be part of the intended effect.
Hidden Love Song, featuring saxophonist Martin Robertson, derives from a live concert with applause retained. This first new composition associated with Turnage's LPO tenure is a wordless offering built from musical ciphers associated with the composer's partner. The characteristic attempts to disrupt the lyrical line are thus carefully rationed and there's no mistaking the professional gleam and twinkle of the results.
Confirming a certain softening of idiom, TheTorn Fields is equally accessible though weightier thematically. Here Turnage eschews Jackie Kay's down-to-earth phraseology in Twice Through theHeart, preferring the sort of poetry that attracted composers of a previous anti-war generation.
The music still draws on vernacular bluesy elements but they lie within a smoother, more melodic, high-culture mix. It's difficult to imagine a more ardent exponent than Gerald Finley.
While the orchestral writing is spare, Finley's diction is second to none, allied to exceptional beauty of tone. Particularly haunting is the Wilfred Owen setting, the narrative of a soldier who, like the protagonist of The Silver Tassie, survives severely maimed only to experience physical and emotional rejection. The gentle treatment of the familiar final poem by Siegfried Sassoon provides a glimpse of the transcendent. Excellent contextual notes plus full texts (including passages not set by the composer).”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Mark-Anthony Turnage: Orchestral Works Vol. 3

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Orchestral Works Vol. 3


Turnage:

On Opened Ground: concerto for viola and orchestra

first released recording

Lawrence Power (viola)

Markus Stenz

Texan Tenebrae

first released recording

Marin Alsop

Lullaby for Hans for string orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski

Riffs and Refrains: concerto for clarinet and orchestra

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Marin Alsop

Mambo, Blues and Tarantella: concerto for violin and orchestra

world première recording

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Vladimir Jurowski


British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage is widely admired for his distinctive blending of jazz and contemporary classical traditions, high energy and elegiac lyricism. His music is colourful, rhythmic and always distinctive, with an innate dramatic sense.

Powerful in its contrasts, his music and texts hold up a mirror to the realities of modern life and make a broad appeal to an enquiring contemporary audience.

Turnage was the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer in Residence from 2005–10, during which time the Orchestra released two highly acclaimed CDs of his orchestral music. This is the third and final volume of Turnage’s music to be released on the LPO Label. It features five works recorded for the first time, including the world première peformance of his violin concerto Mambo, Blues and Tarantella with soloist Christian Tetzlaff. The CD also features performances by soloists Lawrence Power (viola) and Michael Collins (clarinet).

Recorded at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall: On Opened Ground 19 October 2011, Texan Tenebrae 17 April 2010, Riffs and Refrains 13 Feb 2008, Mambo, Blues and Tarantella 24 September 2008. Lullaby for Hans recorded at Snape Maltings, 1 April 2007.

“The whole disc provides an impressive demonstration of Turnage's fluency and orchestral imagination, especially in the works with soloists here. On Opened Ground is a dark-hued, often anguished viola concerto, played with real intensity by Lawrence Power, while Riffs and Refrains expertly puts solo clarinettist Michael Collins through his extrovert paces.” The Guardian, 1st November 2012 ****

“The three most substantial works on this CD are concertos in all but name, each a valuable addition to the repertoire...[On opened ground] finds Power making wonderful sense of Turnage’s alternately jagged and rhapsodic language...Vivid performances by the LPO” Financial Times, 15th December 2012 ****

“The performances...are all unfailingly attuned to this often visceral music, which also applies to the conducting...All in all, as fine a selection of Turnage's recent music as could be wished” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013

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Mark-Anthony Turnage: Undance

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Undance


Turnage:

Undance

Undance Band, Tim Murray

Crying Out Loud

Rambert Orchestra, Paul Hoskins

No Let Up

Rambert Orchestra, Paul Hoskins


UNDANCE Band, Rambert Orchestra, Tim Murray, Paul Hoskins

Sadler’s Wells is a world leader in contemporary dance presenting a vibrant year-round programme of dance of every kind - from tango to hip hop, ballet to flamenco, Bollywood to cutting-edge contemporary dance. Rambert, the national company for contemporary dance, is renowned for its use of live music and is the only UK-based contemporary dance company always to tour with an orchestra.

Turnage's musical style, with its characteristic pulse, syncopation and rhythm makes it perfect for choreographers and dancers and this release showcases recent collaborations with two of Britain's leading contemporary dance companies, Rambert and Sadler's Wells.

UNDANCE (2011) is a project created for Sadler's Wells by Mark-Anthony Turnage (composer), Wayne McGregor (choreographer) and Mark Wallinger (visual artist), inspired by the work of photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge. Its edgy syncopation frames various tunes and motifs that appear throughout the work.

Crying Out Loud (2002-3) was originally written for Ensemble Modern and has been used by a number of different choreographers. The propulsive work fluctuates between duple and triple time, interrupted by irregular staccato stabs. No Let Up (2003) is an energetic piece scored for flute, pairs of soprano saxophones and bass clarinets, brass trio, drum kit, piano and bass guitar, displaying hints of modern jazz.

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Prelude, Fnugg and Riffs

Prelude, Fnugg and Riffs


 

Fnugg Blue for tuba and wind orchestra

Øystein Baadsvik & Svein H. Giske

Christian Lindberg (trombone)

Bernstein:

Prelude, Fugue & Riffs for Solo Clarinet and Jazz Ensemble

Diev:

Concerto for Tuba and Wind Orchestra

Högberg:

Trolltuba for tuba and wind orchestra

Nelson, D:

Metallëphônic Remix for tuba and wind ensemble

Turnage:

A Quick Blast for wind, brass and percussion


Øystein Baadsvik (tuba)

Swedish Wind Ensemble, Christian Lindberg

This disc presents a highly varied programme centred on the combination of solo tuba and wind band. It covers a wide spectrum of styles, from the Concerto by Boris Diev (b. 1924) – a leading figure within the great Russian wind orchestra tradition – to Swedish composer Fredrik Högberg’s (b.1971) wisecracking and effect-laden Trolltuba, a re-telling of the folk tale Three Billy Goats Gruff. A highlight on the disc is tubaist/composer Baadsvik’s own piece, the unique Fnugg Blue, a highly enjoyable showcase for pioneering tuba techniques – including percussive effects and multiphonics

“Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs at last seems to have stood the test of time… Otherwise the disc is strictly for aficionados of performance rather than composition.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2008

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